Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, August 22nd, 2014 - 13 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, democratic participation, election 2014, greens, labour, Metiria Turei, newspapers, russel norman - Tags:
The NZ Herald has been doing some panel interviews with leaders of political parties. These have got lost behind the extensive Dirty Politics fallout. The videos of the Green and Labour Party leaders in the Hot Seat are each about 40-55 minutes long. From what I’ve seen so far, David Cunliffe, Metiria Turei and Russel Norman come across extremely well under questioning from Rachel Smalley, Audrey Young, Toby Manhire and Fran O’Sullivan. Thank you NZ Herald for making these important panel interviews available.
I’ve been too busy to watch the whole of each video. However, I now see the articles about each video have slipped of the front page of The NZ Herald, and are likely to be entirely forgotten. They will make for some very good weekend watching. The bits I’ve have seen so far, show the leaders ready to govern, and each putting a strong position from which to begin post-election negotiations to form a government.
The leaders put forward their pre-negotiation positions as being dependent on the numbers of votes each party gets in the election. The proportion of votes will determine the strength of their negotiating positions.
The Greens in the Hot Seat, shows Turei and Norman expecting to have a strong role in a Labour-Green coalition. They outline their credentials as being that of experienced MPs with well developed policies.
They expect to have senior positions in a Labour-Green government. The article below the video states:
Russel Norman and Metiria Turei have been Green Party co-leaders for five years and after the September 20 election they could possibly be co-deputy Prime Ministers.
The article also lists the topics discussed, and where to find them in the interview:
42s The Norman-Turei partnership
1m 27s Readiness for Government
2m 34s Learning from watching other small parties
3m 49s Disappointment with Labour
5m 16s What the Greens would bring to cabinet
7m 34s Prospects of being shut out again by Peters
8m 30s Welcoming Xi Jinping to New Zealand
9m 30s Exemptions from collective cabinet responsibility
11m 7s The Blue Green option
14m 15s The threat of Kim Dotcom
15m 23s Attitude to intelligence agencies
17m 56s Climate change
20m 35s Swim-mable rivers in cities and the countryside
21m 56s Dairying intensification
23m 19s Adding value to dairy and diversifying
25m 57s Genetic modification
28m 13s Economic development with natural resources
32m 04s Renewable energy
33m 02s Foreign investment
34m 06s Gaining the confidence of business
35m 12s Social policy priorities
36m 17s Child poverty
38m 28s Raising benefits
39m 06s Whanau Ora
40m 28s Admiration of the Greens by Jamie Whyte
41m 34s Reason to vote Greens
While the panel was posted online early on 20 August, the panel interview was conducted on 5 August.
Turei and Norman look to be trying to put themselves in a strong position before negotiations start. This is the smart thing to do. They also project well founded confidence in their team, policies, values and track record.
The panel with David Cunliffe in the hot seat was posted late on 20 August. The beginning section has Cunliffe talking about potential post-election coalition negotiations. Cunliffe is clearly being smart, and strategic. He also comes across as confident and his views well thought out and pragmatic.
Cunliffe counters the Greens assertiveness with a strategy that has some similarities with that of John Key’s cross-party alliances. Cunliffe talks about having both the Greens and NZ First as potential coalition/alliance partners, in order to create a stable and balanced government. He is thus providing his party with a strong bargaining position with both parties.
Cunliffe acknowledges that Winston Peters is playing his cards close to his chest, and won’t say before the election, whether NZ First will support Labour or National.
Cunliffe explains why he wouldn’t have Internet-Mana MPs in his cabinet, but would have them as a support partner/s in an alliance that helps them to govern. He says that IMP is too new an alliance to have a track record. He argues that voters prefer parties governing that have a strong track record in the House. He is also not keen on the way IMP has been “bank-rolled” by a wealthy entrepreneur.
However, Cunliffe, Norman and Turei all seem confident, that, should the votes make it possible, the Greens and NZ First will be able to both work in a Labour led government. They point to things they have already worked together on, such as the inquiry into the manufacturing crisis.
I hope to look at the whole of these videos over the next couple of days. I am particularly interested in hearing what they have to say on policies: especially on policies to do with housing, poverty/inequality, environment, employment and jobs, social security and other areas of social policy.
A party’s track record is certainly an important consideration for me in deciding my party vote. That is why I will be party voting Green this election.
However, I can see that other voters are coming to a different conclusion. Some have clearly decided the longer standing parties have nothing to offer. Or maybe some see the track records of Labour and the Greens as falling short of left wing ideals and aims. Consequently, for some, the more recently formed parties offer new hope of a strong left government.
I am very pleased to see all the opposition parties and their leaders campaigning strongly and confidently. We can disagree on which of the opposition parties will be most necessary to strong left wing government.
But, together we and the parties can bring about a necessary change of government. The tone of the leaders when talking about other opposition parties is positive and respectful. We can do that, too, even when we disagree. It shows we can work together.